Join the National Nutrition Month Fitness Craze with These Tips!
If you had a New Year's resolution to get fit and be healthier and weren't able to stay focused to reach your goal, March is National Nutrition Month and a perfect time to get motivated for fitness. The American Diatetic Association sponsors this yearly event in an effort to get everyone to think about nutrition and fitness and make some important dietary changes that will become a lifestyle of good health habits.
Spring is just around the corner and if you start now on a new program to get fit, improve your shape, lose weight and inches, build muscle, gain more energy and ward off many diseases, you'll feel so much better when the warmer months arrive and you'll be more likely to continue with your fitness regime.
Here are some ideas to help you take part in National Nutrition Month:
Make realistic goals that you can achieve in a month such as move more every day, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, add color to your plate, lose at least 5 pounds or 5 inches from your waist.
Buy a new workout outfit or two or new workout shoes that can be the starting point of your goal to get fit. There's something about new workout gear that can help to inspire you to put it on and start exercising.
Start a journal with your monthly goals written at the top and each of your activities to do and accomplished each day. Journaling will help to keep you on track and remind you of what you've done and what still needs done to reach your goals.
Get moving. Exercising doesn't have to be something that you dread. Simply moving more for at least 20 minutes a day is a great starting point and can easily be achieved. Choose a new activity that just gets you moving such as walking, jogging, spinning or dancing. If you already own a piece of gym equipment such as a mini trampoline or treadmill, make a concerted effort to start using it in March. If you don't already own gym equipment, try a simple Pilates over the door exerciser that is inexpensive, easy to install and easy to use especially if you place it on a door you see every morning!
Invite a family member or friend to join you on your quest to get fit starting in March. The buddy system works well to help you stay motivated and you can both encourage and help each other stay on track to reach your goals.
Share your goals for getting fit in March for National Nutrition Month with your friends and followers on all your social networking sites for added inspiration and support.
Add variety to your exercise routine to keep it exciting, interesting and to prevent your body from getting used to one activity. You'll have more success in getting fit if you keep your muscles guessing what your next move will be and you'll see better results faster. Do something different every day for a week to test it out.
Take an exercise class. Try something new that you've always wanted to do. It could be a great bonding time to spend with a loved one or friend and you may very well end up meeting a new friend in the class with similar goals as you have.
Eat smaller, more frequent meals instead of two or three large meals a day. Food is energy and your body needs fuel to keep going, to keep your metabolism working and to help burn fat. The key is to make healthy choices with more lean protein, fruit, fiber and vegetables.
Reduce your intake of saturated and trans fats, sugar, pre packaged food and junk food. Make healthy choices especially during National Nutrition Month to feel more energized and to start losing weight to feel better.
Pay attention to each meal portion. Your stomach is only the size of your palm so avoid overeating to reduce feeling bloated, stuffed, tired and you'll have more energy throughout the day to keep on track of your goals. Buy a portion control plate for everyone in the family if you aren't sure of portion size.
Add variety to your meals. Try new spices and new ingredients or recipes. Check out the imported, gourmet and ethnic food sections of your grocer and online for unique items that can transform each dish you create. Use fresh herbs instead of dried for more robust flavor. Find new ways to use cumin, rosemary, tarragon, sage, basil, saffron and chili powder. Oh, and if you've never had it.... taste seaweed salad! You may find that variety really is the spice of life!
Add more seeds to your meals such as sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, caraway seeds, whole peppercorn, poppyseed or mustard seed for added spice and enhanced flavor of many dishes.
Go Nuts!! Use more nuts for snacks and to add to dishes such as walnuts, pine nuts, peanuts, cashews or almonds.
Take daily supplements to ensure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy, avoid sickness and to reduce injury during your fitness programs.
Any time is a great time to get motivated for fitness and during National Nutrition Month you may find it easier to start knowing others are doing the same thing. Making small changes in your lifestyle can help you reap huge rewards to make you feel and look better. Go for it!
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Cheers to your good health!